This is the night of the presentation of the District Award of Merit, the
highest award given at the district level. In addition to this prestigious
award, this is a night for many leaders to also receive their deserved
recognition for various duties and trainings completed. Phil Seibert, our
District Training Chairman, must have your information about training awards
that have been earned no later than January 15th Please look up the necessary
paperwork on our website, (CLICK HERE) complete
the form, sign it, and get it to Phil as soon as possible!!!
--that there will not be a Roundtable in February; the Leaders’ Banquet
will be our gathering for that month. Our next Roundtable will be Thursday,
March 8th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church. Please
plan to be there!!!
--that the Council is starting a new sales program, CAMP CARDS. Each unit
will be able to sell Camp Cards for $5.00 each, with the unit making 50%
commission on each card sold. The cards will include discounts to places like
Burger King, Hardee's, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Walgreens, and Food City.
Units must be signed up to sell by February 1st. Sale begins March 1st and
ends May 14th. Sounds like an easy way to earn some money for your Packs!!!
--that Boy Scout Night at the UT Men’s Basketball game vs. Auburn is
Saturday, January 28th, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. All tickets will be $8.50 per
person, and must be purchased at least 2 days before the game. The game will
be played at the Thompson-Boling Arena. Please go to UTTIX.com, click on “VOLS
TIX” at the top of the page, then on “group ticket window”, enter the username
“scoutball” and password “basketball” and complete your order. Or, you can
call Ashley Fincher at 865-974-9659 or Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note
that there is a $1.50 processing fee online. All Scouts attending should wear
their Scout shirts.
---that “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays January 28th and
February 4th. in our district. This is a very worthwhile activity for all
Scouts, as they collect canned food items for local food pantries. Cub Scout
Packs may deliver them anywhere in their community that they desire after
turning in your can/food count. We'll discuss "territories" for packs and
troops again as we did last year. Let's make this one bigger than last year
because of the greater need for help this year!
--that there will be a Commissioners’ Training on Saturday, February 4th,
2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.
This specialized training costs $12, which includes all materials, lunch and
snacks, and will be held at the Council Office. Please pre-register by January
31st through the council office.
--that Scout Sunday is set for Sunday, February 5th. Everyone is encouraged
to attend the church of his/her choice in uniform, to celebrate the 102nd
birthday of Boy Scouting and the 92nd birthday of Cub Scouting in the USA.
This is a day to have the boys in your pack or den recognized in church as a
group. Please get with your pastor to help make this an extra special event in
your church.. This is also the appropriate time for your pack to schedule your
BLUE AND GOLD BANQUET to celebrate the birthday of Cub Scouting. You need to
schedule and plan for that event soon—and then let Chris know your plans!!!
--that there will be a BALOO / OWLS training on Saturday, February 11th
from 8:00am - 4:00pm at Seymour United Methodist Church. Please contact the
council if you are interested in attending.
--that this year’s Knoxville Ice Bears Scout Night is set for Friday,
February 17th at 7:30 p.m. The discounted tickets are $8.00 each; to order
your tickets, contact the Knoxville Ice Bears office at 865-525-7825 by 3pm on
game day so that they may have your tickets printed and ready for you in time
for the game. If you qualified for a free ticket to the game via popcorn sales
please mention that at the time of purchase. .Discounted tickets are not
available for walk-up sales.
The Knoxville Ice Bears are also excited to offer an opportunity to sleep
on the ice to meet requirements for the Polar Bear patch. We have 100 spots
for Scouts 3rd grade and up to spend the
night on the Ice Bear’s home ice for the Scout Night Sleepover. Spots are on a
first come, first served basis. Scouts staying the night must have a legal
guardian or scout leader staying with them.
For more details contact Michael Keeney at 865-525-7825.
--that Boy Scout Day at Dixie Stampede is set for Saturday, February 25,
2012, at the 6:00 p.m. show. Group price tickets (20 or more) are $26.45,
which includes their fabulous one-of-a-kind show, a 4 course meal, the tax and
gratuity. Normal prices are $42.99 for adults (12 & up) and $22.99 (under 12)
plus gratuity. Please contact Denise Miller at 1-800-356-1676, ext. 3121 or
email@example.com at least one week prior to the event, and be sure
and mention “Boy Scout Day” for this special pricing. Denise says there is
also a 10% discount for the gift shop; souvenir boot mugs are $4.00 at the
door--$3.00 in advance. Please also know that you can have this special
group rate at any time if you work through Denise.
--that the Freezoree for Uanka's Boy Scouts is scheduled for the weekend of
February 24th – 26th, at the Chickamauga Battlefield. Webelos can attend if
invited by a Boy Scout troop and accompanied by the correct adult ratio. Check
with your associated troop if interested…… The cost for the Freezoree is $8.00
for Boy Scouts, $5.00 for adults.
--that it's not too early to start thinking about the University of
Scouting, which will be held March 3rd , 2012at Crown College in Knoxville,
from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If you register by January 13th, the cost is $15,
half-price of the door price. If you register by February 17th, the cost is
$20; if by February 29th, it’s $25. This is a very special event, offering
training for all levels of adult Scouts--all required training plus lots of
"program fun classes" will be presented. Packet and registration forms are on
the council web site.
--that our District Pinewood Derby will be Saturday, March 10th, at the
Calhoun school gymnasium. Weigh-in and registration begins at 12:00 – 1:30
p.m., with the derby set to begin around 2:00 p.m. Please try to schedule your
pack’s derby before this date to encourage more participation at the district
level. Pack 616 is in charge of the derby, so we can all look forward to
another very well-organized event!! Pinewood Derby rules will be the
same as last year. Packets will be available at the Roundtable session and on
the district web site. PLEASE MAKE SURE THE WORD GETS OUT THAT SCOUTS MUST BE
IN CLASS A UNIFORM TO PARTICIPATE--NOT T-SHIRTS! Last year we had a couple of
boys show up without uniforms because the leaders didn't get the word
out........... and they were unable to participate..............Also,
concessions will be available for those wanting food that day………….
--that another March event will be Cub Scouts helping with the River
Clean-up event on either Saturday March 10th on the Tellico River or March
17th on the Hiwassee River. Details will be forthcoming.
--that there are two special events in April!!! One will be our DISTRICT
CROSS-OVER CEREMONY for Webelos crossing over into Boy Scouts, set for
Saturday, April 14th in Calhoun. There will be a short "walk-through" for the
LEADERS ONLY (no crossover Scouts) on Saturday April 7th at 2:00 pm. Each pack
and troop with boys participating must send a representative (preferably the
Cubmaster, Scoutmaster or Webelos Den Leader).
The other event will be our bi-annual SPRING FAMILY CAMPOREE , scheduled
for the weekend of April 27th – 29th, and led by Cameron Balaban and Pack 74.
Should be another great weekend!!! More details will follow soon……………
-that our May event will be a DISTRICT HIKE, on Saturday, May 12th. Indian
Boundary was discussed as a possible site; more details in the future when a
pack chooses to lead this event............ we may have a troop host if all
details can be worked out………………..
--that our summer Cub Scout camp’s dates are set. Our twilight camp will be
June 25th – 29th at the Mayfield Farm & Nursery in Athens with our own Christy
Seibert very ably wearing the director’s cap again. SAVE THESE DATES AND BE
THINKING ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP!!! The great theme this year is “CSI”!!!